I’ve read a few time travel stories and always get hung up on the science which is why I prefer things like The Man from Primrose Lane and my current read: Dark Matter.
A while back I discovered a fantastic article about time travel on Slate.com. The author, Dave Goldberg, both a physicist and self-proclaimed science-fiction geek, wrote the post back in 2009 in anticipation of the film adaptation of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. In the article, Goldberg takes a broad look at time travel in contemporary books and films, from BACK TO THE FUTURE to LOST to THE TERMINATOR. Ultimately, Goldberg takes the position that, at least to a physicist, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE gets the science the closest to what might be considered scientifically sound.
If you’re writing a time-travel story, I highly recommend a full read of Goldberg’s article. It can be found by clicking this link. Below, for a more general overview, I’ve shared the four rules Goldberg says are necessary for scientifically sound, fictional time travel.
1) This is the…
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